Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend with Cormac Lowth.
Maritime historian Cormac Lowth will give an illustrated talk on the Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend based on his recently published book, on Thursday 1 December 19.30hrs.
The first of the Sailing Trawlers  came from Brixham in Devon, and many of the crews settled in Ringsend and intermarried with the locals. Many descendants still live there today. A great many of the subsequent fleet were built in Ringsend in the boatyards on the Dodder. At its height, there were about seventy Sailing trawlers in the Ringsend fleet.

The talk will cover the arrival of the boats, their fishing activity, the people who crewed in them, wrecks collisions and losses. He will also discuss the activities of many of the boat builders who built the trawlers in Ringsend. 

A retired Builder and former merchant seaman, Cormac has had a lifelong interest in the sea and maritime history. He has been a scuba diver for much of his life. He was a member of the crew of the Galway Hooker 'Naomh Crónán', based in the Poolbeg Yacht Club in Ringsend for many years. He is a member of the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association, a traditional boat group, and he presently crews on a Laurent Giles 'Hillyard 36', also based in Ringsend.

Cormac is a member of the Maritime Institute of Ireland and the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. He has served on the committees of both of these organisations, and in the same capacity for the Old Dublin Society. He has lectured extensively on Maritime matters and he has written a great many articles on diving and marine related subjects. 

Members and their guests welcome. Talks take placed in the Drawing Room with Sailing supper available in Dining Room afterwards €35 per person.